Antigua has been buzzing for the last six weeks. Alive with excitement and visitors and celebrations during this season of Lent. Lent is observed by many around the world but Antigua has a beautiful traditional of processions that weave through the cobblestone streets, celebrating various saints and events in Jesus’ life with music, oats and reenactments all throughout the six weeks. Many church members are a part of the processions, dressed in purple robes as they waft incense into the air, play music and carry the large oats, or “andas”. This brings in people from Guatemala and all over the Americas, swelling up to thousands by Semana Santa (Holy Week), leading up to Easter Sunday.
But before the procession, vibrant shades of saw dust are laid down on the cobblestone as brilliant carpets, or “alfombras”, for the procession to walk on. Blake and I woke up early on Good Friday, before people and vendors and processions filled the streets, and wandered around the streets with coffee in hand, admiring these beauties. Meticulously measured and stenciled into an array of designs, pictures and symbols, each one was different from the other. An distinct artistic expression by each group, family and business in front of their property.